VW Passat BlueMotion Concept Hits 42 MPG Highway

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VW Passat BlueMotion Concept Hits 42 MPG Highway

Volkswagen is exploring new fuel-saving technology with the Passat BlueMotion Concept, revealed here at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. 

A turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine good for 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque powers the car, and features the world’s first application of cylinder deactivation on an inline four power plant. VW estimates that the Passat BlueMotion will achieve a fuel economy rating of 42 mpg highway.

It isn’t just cylinder deactivation helping to save fuel, as the concept also features a stop/start system along with a dual-clutch transmission that can decouple the engine from the wheels, allowing the car to coast with the lowest possible amount of mechanical drag.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

Befitting the BlueMotion name, the concept is finished in Reef Blue Metallic, a color that VW plans on introducing to production models. The interior is finished with blue two-tone seats with contrasting stitching.

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Discuss this story at our Volkswagen Passat forum.

  • Bill

    Bring back 4motion and I may buy one …. (gas)

  • 50pascals

    My 2013 Passat TDI gets a per tank average of 42 mpg now – mostly not highway. And I drive like a jerk – never hypermiling.

    I’d rather have the TDI 4 motion please. And more options – full leather seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, heated rear seats, projector headlights, etc.

  • Posko

    I have a 2001 2.5TDI Estate (Manual Gearbox) which has done 215,000 and regularly get 43-44mpg on UK Motorways

  • Jollyg

    Our 2001 1.9 TDI Passat saloon easily gets mid 50’s on the slab…

  • Kristian Alekov

    Agree with some of the posters, I average 42mpg in the city without trying on my 2013 Passat TDI. How about HID/LED light package for the TDI instead? Who cares about trying to achieve something that already exists…

  • Jonathan q public

    If I’m not mistaken, I think the point is that the blue motion uses standard gasoline rather than diesel, which is considerably cheaper. Does no one think anymore?

  • John Karpf

    hahaha, I was just reading these other comments thinking the same thing

  • John Karpf

    Sounds great !! Enjoy your tiny engine

  • tom kaye

    I drive a 2010 Passat Komfort 2 .0 l Turbo and get 32 MPG at 85 MPH- love the car, very responsive but treacherous on the snow and ice, due to great torque form the 2.0 l . I have this even with the slip prevention engaged. Dry payment is perfect. what are they doing to a 1.4 L that can be adapted to a 2.0 l T????

  • Bobby

    Thinking is hard

  • Nicolai

    “A turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine good for 150 hp and
    184 lb-ft of torque powers the car, and features the world’s first
    application of cylinder deactivation on an inline four power plant.”

    I don’t think that’s entirely true, at least it’s a stretch. The same 1.4 T(F)SI was also in use last year (2013), with an output of 140 hp, and CoD (Cylinder on Demand). They have been up for purchace since the late summer in Europe. Therefore, the predecessor of the same engine also had CoD, and would be the first application of such. Just as a facelift model is rarely the “first model of its kind”.

    To be honest, it’s appaulingly poor though – 42 MPG isn’t much considering the BlueMotion tag – let alone a model title and a concept car. The Polo (not sure if it exists in US, but it’s a smaller version of a Golf) achieved 70+ MPG at its release quite a few years ago, and was called BlueMotion. A less economical version of the same car with DSG could offer 63 MPG. This version was not called BlueMotion though.

    Today, every single new Golf Variant (estate) sold in Europe features “BMT” BlueMotion Technologies, even though the most economic version manages 70+ MPG, the version with a TDI and 4Motion, which “only” manages 47 MPG is also a BlueMotion. What’s the point in a “special model”-tag, if it’s used on every model? And how can a car have both “BlueMotion” and “4Motion” tags, when – like it or not – 4Motion costs 7 MPG? I’d prefer 4Motion any day, but the BlueMotion tag doesn’t make sense there. Apparently, they fit it to every vehicle with a start/stop system, regardless of the other technologies.

    A true BlueMotion model runs on low drag tires with a high tire pressure, has a closed front end, sits lower, controls rear turbulence through a rear spoiler, has aerodynamic flat underside, several weight reduced components, etc… A true BlueMotion model is boring to drive but fun to refuel. I don’t want that, and currently I have it the other way around with my 1.8TSi Passat, which is very fun to drive, but thirsty. That’s fine by me, but I would shrug, if they put a BlueMotion sticker on it.

  • Vernon Parker

    It never ceases to amaze me that VW cars get media attention for outstanding fuel mileage. I have yet to meet any VW owner who did not get better than advertised fuel mileage. I am certain there are people who do not but for this comment I am specifically speaking about people I now or have met with VW’s so no need to comment with a follow up about your bad VW experiences.

  • Vince E

    That’s because fuel consumption is measured over an NEDC cycle (for the EU market and SFTP for the US) under controlled conditions strictly according to regulation (UNECE 101/83 for EU) which does not reflect normal driving conditions but allows consumers to make like for like comparisons between different vehicles.

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